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Driving caution urged

January 29, 2013
Estherville Daily News

Granted, we weren't all born in Iowa or even the Midwest maybe, but that doesn't mean we shouldn't all be a little more careful about winter driving.

Just this morning, someone was driving in an erratic and reckless manner on South 18th Street just west of Iowa Lakes Community College - showing off, if you will. The pickup was spinning its wheels and sliding all over the road, and the driver was obviously having a lot of fun.

Fun's okay, but what if another car had been coming along?

The point about losing control of a vehicle is that you can no longer slow down or stop if someone else should come down the same street or a side street. And if you've priced the cost of fixing a fender-bender lately, you know how much that could be.

Besides driving in a deliberately reckless manner, it seems like a lot of people assume they can stop in just as much time and distance in winter as they can in summer. You know who they are - the ones less than a car length from your rear bumper when you're driving along at or over the legal limit. It doesn't seem to do any good to drive faster, either, because there they stay, trying to get you to go faster.

The reality is, of course, that anything can happen down the road. It's totally impossible to predict what vehicle could pull out or turn in front of us. And it only takes a second to cause remorse that can last a lifetime.

This is the time of year to slow down. We have no idea what the road might be seconds ahead. There could be black ice, a drift if it's snowing, anything.

Using just a little bit of caution now can save a whole lot of grief later.

Anyone that doesn't realize that has been just, plain lucky.



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